Written by Jean Vanier of L'Arche Commuity

I fear

the mysterious power of compassion
compassion requires that I have found myself
and no longer
play the game
of putting on a mask, a personage
pretending to be

Compassion requires

That I become myself
accepting my poverty
letting the Spirit breathe
in me
opening my being
without fear
to the delicate touch
of God's hand
accepting that I am loved
as I am
with my fears and frailties
with my intelligence and competencies
with my heart and with my hopes
free to be myself